The holidays are suddenly around the corner—and so is the winter weather that can be murder on sensitive skin and lips. M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt breaks down what he loves most about the brand’s new line of Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits.
“The holidays are all about dressing up with little bursts of color, and your makeup shouldn’t be any different. The new M∙A∙C Cosmetics Irresistibly Charming Mini Patentpolish Lip Pencil Kits are the perfect gift for a friend (and yourself!) this season. What I love about these products are not only their handbag-friendly size and color choices, but also their hydrating qualities in the unforgiving winter chill that can leave lips looking dry. There’s a beautiful see-through quality about the lip kits that creates a perfect stain on the lips.
The Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits can be used to create so many different looks! If you want to rock a smoky eye and a softer mouth, try using Lip Pencil in Spice all over your lips with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved Up or Innocent in the center for an extra pop. Or, if you would like to go a little more retro-chic, create a cat eye and a softer red lip using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Fearless with Crème Anglaise from the Irresistibly Charming Mini Lip Gloss Kit (Pink) over it.
The Lip Kits also work well with many different skin tones. For deeper skin tones, I love a wash of gold shadow over the lids (try Eyeshadow in Amber Lights) and a deep, berry lip using Lip Pencil in Burgundy and Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana over it.
Adding to the versatility of the Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits, try a more natural, everyday look by filling in your lips with Lip Pencil in Whirl and using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Mojo Maker (only available as part of the new lip kit) on top.
For a day when you’re feeling a little more girly and flirty, try using Lip Pencil in Rosy Rim and topping it with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Pleasant—super cute!”
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Sometimes winter beauty seems to pale in comparison to the rest of the year—but M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt has three spot-on tips for using bronzer to brighten the doldrums.
Pale skin is like a blank canvas: Everything shows up, so less is certainly more. Let’s face it, those with paler skin tend to go out in the sun less frequently (and when they do, they should be using tons of SPF!), so there’s a risk of going from zero to Oompa Loompa by using too much bronzer.
TOOLS: The tools you use are as important as the color being applied. Softer brushes spray the color on in a more realistic way as opposed to a more dense brush, which will put much more on.
CREAMS: Cream products are also a bit easier to use and as an added bonus, are more hydrating in the winter months. I recommend using M∙A∙C’s Cream Color Base in Au Nature. It has a warm, bronzy glow and is easy to apply. Use a 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush to lightly apply the color onto the apples of the cheeks. Sweep whatever excess is left on the brush onto temples, nose and chin, where the sun would naturally hit your face. If you use too much, you can blend it in with a sponge or your fingers.
POWDER: Try M∙A∙C’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden with a very soft brush, like the 127 Split Fibre Face Brush. Less is more: Start light, and build up if needed. I recommend applying it in circular motions on the apples of the cheeks and sweeping up toward the temples. Apply a small amount to the nose and chin for a sunkissed look, and voila!
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M·A·C Senior Artist Gregory Arlt introduces the Brooke Shields Collection with an easy-to-follow tutorial using products from this down-to-earth new line.
The Brooke Shields for M∙A∙C Collection is perfect for creating a look that is simple, modern and beautiful. These easy-to-use shades can be used in endless ways. Below, you’ll find my interpretation and step-by-step instructions for creating an iconic look for yourself with these gorgeous shades.
Gregory Arlt, M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artistry, has the lowdown on his new favorite product: Mineralize Lipglass.
This season at Fashion Week, it was all about creamy, well-hydrated, glossy lips. The look was more dewy than gooey, with an emphasis on sheen rather than a hugely reflective look.
Mineralize Lipglass is my go-to product when creating a dewy glow. It contains 77 minerals that condition the lips over time, so you get perfect feeling AND looking lips in very modern hues!
Backstage Beauty: DKNY, Peter Som (top) & Donna Karan fall 2014 runway looks.
We saw ‘Lovingly Yours’ backstage at Diane von Furstenberg. ‘Ray of Sunshine’ was used at Donna Karan as well as at Peter Som, so it’s definitely a must-have shade for seasons to come. Use it alone by applying it with the provided applicator. Or, if you want to use it over a lipstick in an intense color, like ‘Morange’, transfer the gloss to a lip brush like the #316 in order to not taint the color of the gloss by getting it on the wand.
For a daytime look, simply apply and you are good to go. And yes, Mineralize Lipglass can still come in handy when it’s time to switch gears from day to date night. Pair it with your favorite lipstick to give it an extra pop of shine! I love these for the red carpet as well. They give a little pop of light to any lipstick you choose to use with it and feel extra hydrating and comfortable on the lips.
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Photos: Luca Cannonieri
We caught up with Gregory Arlt, Director of Makeup Artistry for M•A•C Cosmetics. Right now Arlt is really digging coral everything. However, this is not your grandmother’s coral; it’s more sheer and see-through. It’s as though you woke up in the morning looking effortlessly fabulous with a pop of color on your cheeks.
Get the look with these M•A•C products:
Face: Face & Body Foundation (Arlt mixed liquid highlighter into the foundation for a luminous finish).
Eye: Cream Color Base (for a more dewy look).
Cheek: Keep your eyes peeled for a new multiuse product coming this spring.
Lip: Arlt mixed Lipstick (in Morange) with the new multiuse product.
Two-tone nails with an inverted circle at the tip—a colorful and playful twist on the classic French mani. Models were wearing one of three Nail Lacquer colors: coral (Impassioned), orange (Fiestaware) or hot pink (Steamy).
Nails were created by M•A•C Artist Keri Blair (one of our guest blog writers).